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Saint Bonaventure

Jul 15

Saint Bonaventure’s Story

(1221July 15, 1274)

Bonaventure: Franciscan, theologian, doctor of the Church, was both learned and holy. Because of the spirit that filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor; but in more recent centuries he has been known as the Seraphic Doctor after the “Seraphic Father” Francis, because of the truly Franciscan spirit he possessed.

Born in Bagnoregio, a town in central Italy, as a boy he was cured of a serious illness through the prayers of Francis of Assisi. Later he studied the liberal arts in Paris. Inspired by Francis and the example of the friars, especially of his master in theology, Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure entered the Franciscan Order, and became in turn a teacher of theology in the university. Chosen as minister general of the Order in 1257, he was God’s instrument in bringing it back to a deeper love of the way of Saint Francis, both through the life of Francis which he wrote at the behest of the brothers, and through other works which defended the Order or explained its ideals and way of life.


Reflection

Bonaventure so united holiness and theological knowledge that he rose to the heights of mysticism while remaining a very active preacher and teacher, one beloved by all who met him. To know him was to love him; to read him is still for us today to meet a true Franciscan and a gentleman.

Venue

St Swithun’s Church
105 Waverley Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2PL United Kingdom
Phone:
023 9282 8305
Website:
https://Stswithuns.org.uk/

Organiser

Chris Michalczuk
Phone:
023 9282 8305
Email:
parish@stswithuns.org.uk
Website:
www.stswithuns.org.uk